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Old 07-03-2013, 12:51 AM   #1
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Default Dual Element 5 Gallon Batch 120V Build

This thread will be to document my electric brewing build. I am aiming for a variant on jkarp's CB20 build. Some changes to the design will be that I am going to use a plate chiller instead of a CFC (I plan on using a hop spider in conjunction with a kettle screen to minimize any blockage - I used these and had no problem in my last build that was constantly recirculating), a 11 gallon pot and a 10 gallon cooler. I want to do 5 gallon batches so I will be using two 120V elements, one controlled by a PID and the other just plugged in (to use during the boil). I also plan on making a wood stand in lieu of the cooler sitting on top of a bucket. I already found two separate 20A circuits in my kitchen so I should be good in that regard.

I have sold some of my old setup and just put in my first order on Amazon and BrewHardware to get my kettle, fittings, pump, hoses and some other pieces and plan on getting a cooler from HomeDepot in the next few days. Its definitely going to be a WIP for a while as I am trying to limit my funds to what I get from selling my old gear. But I hope to be brewing on it by September-October.

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Old 07-09-2013, 08:56 PM   #2
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Just got my big order from BrewHardware today - everything came as ordered!

Picked up a 10 gallon cooler last night and got my 44 quart bayou pot last night.

I am gonna assemble stuff as I go. Hoping to take some pics of all of the parts laid out tonight.

I am still up in the air on which FB to go with, as I already have the valve and bulkhead for the MLT out. Not sure if I want to go with the ones that sit ABOVE the valve or the ones that sit below it and require 90 degree barb fitting -> tubing -> hose barb to connect to the MLT output.

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Old 07-09-2013, 09:02 PM   #3
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I'm hoping to start building an electric HLT off 120V soon, I'll be looking forward to your build!

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Old 07-09-2013, 09:03 PM   #4
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Old 07-09-2013, 09:22 PM   #5
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Looks like you're off to a good start! i have the same basic concept as well with 2 keggles. works epicly!

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It is exactly what I was looking for. I want to do the same with my setup but use propane with an heating element to boil then just use the element to keep it rolling by itself. I want to do this to cut costs on propane. I'm looking forward to your future updates.

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Here are some pics of the fittings, sight glass, some tools, high temp silicone hose, center-inlet chugger pump and the as-of-yet-unmodified 44-quart Bayou Classic pot.

I picked up some rolls of teflon tape today and hope to install the kettle fittings and sight glass tonight and maybe get some hoses put together.






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Cool. I plan on doing the same thing soon. I look forward to your updates.

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One of my goals as well. Very interested to following your progress!

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